Curiosities

February 10, 2016

Bookstore Fairy 0

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Recommended Reading: On the mysterious benefactors keeping St. Mark’s bookstore alive.

February 10, 2016

Writing as Profession 0

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Writers can’t create original work without financial stability and a minimum amount of rest, writes Maggie Doherty in Dissent. Pair with Kate Angus’s Millions essay on making a living as a poet.

February 10, 2016

On Violence 0

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“They couldn’t testify because they were dead so I wanted to lend my own body and voice to them.” Han Kang on writing about the Gwangju massacre and her slim novels, Human Acts and The Vegetarian.

February 10, 2016

Writing from the Self 0

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Year in Reading alumnus Alexander Chee has a guide for writing an autobiographical novel. He writes, “The woods is your life. You are the axe.” Pair with this Millions piece in defense of autobiography.

February 10, 2016

All Jokes Aside 0

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Over at Vulture, Jesse David Fox offers a retrospective of 100 years of jokes that shaped modern comedy.

February 9, 2016

The Modern Memoir 0

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Recommended Reading: On the memoir, “the offspring of the slave narrative,” as a literary form from the Black tradition. Recent examples range from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Margo Jefferson to Clifford Thompson and Rosemarie Freeney.

February 9, 2016

Facts and Feelings 0

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“Historical fiction was not—and is not—meant to supplant literature from the period it describes.” Year in Reading alumnus Alexander Chee on historical novels and creative liberties.

February 9, 2016

The Marvelous Words 0

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Over at Catapult, Niina Pollari writes about translating Finnish literature in English. As she puts it, “If a thing you read gives you that sensation, it’s your responsibility to share the piece with someone.”

February 9, 2016

Swimming Across the Island 0

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Hanya Yanagihara, the author of A Little Life, writes on reenacting a version of John Cheever’s short story “The Swimmer” by swimming across Martha’s Vineyard. As she explains it, “Swimming in the ocean is writing a novel; swimming in a pond is writing in a diary.” Pair with Nick Ripatrazone’s Millions essay on Cheever’s classic story.

February 9, 2016

Finish Your Novel 2

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Sunil Yapa shares his ideas on how to find the time and money to finish a novel. Pair with Janet Potter’s Millions guide on finding the perfect title for that book in your drawer.